Acts The Church and Ministerial Training

Kaitiaki's picture

Basically this is just a "what do we learn about the Church from Acts?" thread. As we watch Paul and Barnabas and then Paul and Silas building the Church in Acts, what can we learn about their concept of the Church as a whole? Robert suggested my original plan was too cumbersome so asked me to create new threads.

Thread Moderator: Kaitiaki

There are two aspects to this thread: the training of the local congregation (for the work of ministry - as in Ephesians) and the theological training of ministers (or pastors).

Acts shows us local congregations that trained young men (and women) for every appropriate aspect of Church work. That included the work of ministry and missions. Discuss this statement. Do you think it is valid? What implications (if any) are there for the present system in almost every denomination of sending young men to a seminary to be trained? How does your Church seek to apply those implications in the way they train ministers and missionaries?

Mike Kirby's picture

God uses our differences, (even arguing)

Dan said,

In 15:28 the result of the process, which even included arguing (just like today), was attributed to the Holy Spirit !!!!

Mike says,

I like that Dan. Arguing is OK in my book. I read Acts and see methods that were used by Paul and am startled sometimes. In Acts 23:6-10 Paul purposely used a point of dissension (resurrection) to divide an assembly of pharisees and saducees. The argument was so great that some feared those in attendance would tear Paul apart. The Lord even commends this method he used. v11

Because we're different, He uses those differences, sometimes as a test for our devotion to Him and also as a tool to know Him better...

Mike
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"Divine Grace is not opposed to effort ...
it is opposed to earning "
— Dallas Willard

Mike
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"Divine Grace is not opposed to effort ...
it is opposed to earning "
— Dallas Willard




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